Marlboro College

News Author and Food Activist Mark Winne Lectures at Marlboro College, October 20

MARLBORO, VT- (October 7, 2009) - Marlboro College will host a free, public lecture by Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty, in Ragle Hall at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20.

Closing the Food Gap (Beacon Press) tells the story of how we get our food: from poor people at food pantries or bodegas and convenience stores, to the more comfortable classes who increasingly seek out organic and local products. Winne's exploration starts in the 1960s, when domestic poverty was "rediscovered," and shows how communities since that time have responded to malnutrition with a slew of strategies and methods. But the story is also about doing that work against a backdrop of ever-growing American food affluence and gastronomical expectations.

Like thousands of food activists throughout North America, Mark Winne has worked for 35 years to close the food gap. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, D.C. Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing to finding local, state, and federal solutions to America's food disparities.

The paperback edition of Closing the Food Gap was released earlier this year and will be available for sale in the Serkin Center lobby before and after the presentation.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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